Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006
Michael Portillo

News and Other Busyness

Big Mike & Fries

Squall 14, Autumn 1996, pg. 11.

SQUALL readers might remember the photograph of gorgeous Sir Bernard Ingham - Thatcher’s ex-press secretary and now non-executive Director of McDonald’s - stuffing his face with a big mac (see here).

Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence, recently followed the same party line by guzzling a portion of McDonald’s fries in front of the cameras.

Residents of Winchmore Hill in Portillo’s constituency of Enfield Southgate are presently up in arms over the sale of the local Conservative Association’s Century House to McDonald’s. According to the chairman of the local Conservative Association, Lionel Zetter, McDonald’s have offered £100,000 more than anyone else for the building.

Five hundred local residents packed into a Winchmore Hill Residents’ Association meeting in June to express their protest against the proposed 50 seater burger bar and drive thru.

Portillo, who doesn’t live in the constituency he supposedly represents, was asked at an Enfield Preservation Society event what he thought of the sale and replied: “It has nothing to do with me.”


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